BC: On to West Virgina!
FC: THE GREAT ADVENTURES OF MIKE AND MARTY | Maryland 's Appalachian Trail
1: The Beginning | Maryland/Pennsylvania Line | Beginning at the Mason-Dixon Line, to High Rock, 3.1 miles. | December 11, 2012
2: Almost halfway! | Pen Mar, Maryland | Great View In more ways than one! | The excitement of this leg of the trail happened at dusk. We decided to continue from Penn Mar Park to High Rock at the last minute. Much to our surprise this part of the trail took much longer than we anticipated. We climbed up High Rock after dusk and got to the top in the dark.
3: This hike took us 3 hours, once in Maryland. | Graffiti/view of High Rock | View of Valley | "This last part nearly killed us!" - Marty "It was brutal!" - Mike | After trying to find trail blazes with Mike's cigarette lighter, we finally heard from our rescuers. To our relief, Paul, who was supposed to pick us up hours ago, came back with reinforcements, (John) bearing gifts of flashlights, water, and granola bars!
4: Our handsome and sturdy Rescuers! John and Paul Mettille | It was so late and dark by the time we arrived at High Rock we had to come back to take pictures!
5: The view of the valley from High Rock at night!
6: You know the saying, "The world is getting to be a smaller place"? It couldn't be more true! The morning of our hike we dropped the car off at Whitehall Road and saw two other hikers. After introductions, we discovered they were doing the same leg of the trail, but from the South, we on the other hand, were going to take the other car to High Rock and travel from the North. We said our goodbyes and said see ya halfway! Sure enough, almost exactly halfway we see our two new friends! Once all the picture taking was done and the swapping of AT tales, we discovered their very strong accent was Russian. It's a small world after all!
7: December 15, 2012 High Rock to Whitehall Road, 6.9 Miles taking us 5 hours | On our way to Whitehall Road | On the first day of muzzle loading season, our joke is... "We were in the woods opening day and all we saw was a squirrel and 2 Russians!"
8: "I am the king of the forest!"
9: A short hike from High Rock, before heading down the mountain is Raven Rock. A beautiful outcropping of rock. It is amazing to see these huge rocks just "popping up" on the trail. | Don't know how Raven Rock got its name, though we looked for them, there were no ravens in sight!
10: This is a pretty interesting section of Maryland's AT. The trail jumped from one extreme to another, just to keep us on our toes! It was either very rocky with medium to large sized rocks or a beautiful wide open trail. Both had their benefits! | View from a rock formation looking east
11: December 20, 2012 Wolfsville Road to White Oak Road 5.3 miles taking us 5 hours | Fallen Tree Roots | Mother Natures Art | Comfy Trail | Ankle Bustin' Trail
12: The mighty king of the forest performs yet another illusion of grandeur! Traveling south on the summit of South Mountain.
13: Putting our feet up at Pogo Campsite. | Black Rock is located just over the crest of the Mountain, over looking Washington County and Hagerstown to the west. In 1880, Jacob Drill Wolfe built a hotel at the Black Rock Spring. Both this hotel and the second "Black Rock House" built about 1906 on the same site fell victims to forest fires. Today, the site is also called Pogo Campground, with its fire circles built from the foundation of the hotel. | History Lesson
14: Thurston Griggs was a father, teacher, inventor and environmentalist during his lifetime. He was a key power figure with the protection of the AT and other hiking trails in the mid-atlantic region during the late 20th century. One of his key projects was the protection of the Bagtown Road access west of Pogo Campsite in the 1990's.
15: Will this rocky trail ever end? | The Bagtown access trail was renamed in his honor on his 86 birthday. He remained very active with The Trail until shortly before his death at the age of 95. | Thurston Griggs at Annapolis Rock at the age of 92 | Downy woodpecker as seen on the trail
16: In order to get back on the AT, we had to climb the mile back up the mountain on Thurston Griggs Trail. This was freaking both of us out, we really weren't looking forward to the rocky mile climb. But we did it, and though there was little or no snow where we parked, the higher we went the more snow cover we encountered! | No thats not a stream, but the middle of the trail! | Half way up Thurston Griggs trail.
17: January 12, 2013 White Oak Road to Route 40 4.8 miles taking 4 hours | The AT in the winter
18: Rock outcrop #1 | o | What a great day! | Black Rock
19: The view from Black Rock, looking west | o | Black Rock | Incredible View | Black Rock is actually considered the summit of this part of the range at a towering 1713 feet above sea level! This is one of the more popular sites on the AT because of its spectacular 180 degree panorama view to the west! Magnificent view!
20: Towering high above the Cumberland Valley, Annapolis Rock offers a fantastic view of both the valley and Greenbrier Lake.
21: ANNAPOLIS ROCK
23: Route 40 to Washington Monument State Park. August 00, 2012 4.6 miles taking us 3 1/2 hours
24: This was actually the beginning of our adventure! Mike thought it would be a good idea to take a hike one day, so he packed water and fruit and all kinds of other snacks for the occasion. At the end of the hike on the way home we agreed, "You know, we should just the whole trail in Maryland, wouldn't that be cool!" And now you know the rest of the story! | Fairview Mountain | Sideling Hill I-68
25: HISTORY LESSON This was the first monument in the country erected for George Washington. The stone tower was dedicated to the first president in 1827. This monument was used during the civil war by the union army as a signal station | Whitetail Ski Resort | Hagerstown | Pennsylvania